Gender Masculine
Scripts Μίνως(Ancient Greek)
Pronounced Pron. MEE-NAWS(Classical Greek) MIE-nahs(English)  [key·IPA]

Meaning & History

Possibly from a Cretan word or title meaning "king". This was the name of a king of Crete in Greek mythology. He was the son of Zeus and Europa. Because Minos had refused to sacrifice a certain bull to Poseidon, the god had caused his wife Pasiphaë to mate with the bull, which produced the half-bull creature called the Minotaur. Minos had Daedalus construct the Labyrinth to house the beast, but it was eventually slain by Theseus.


Entry updated May 29, 2020